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Epistemic pluralism and multi-perspective knowledge organization: Explorative conceptualization of topical content domains
Södertörn University, School of Communication, Media and it, Media technology.
2011 (English)In: Knowledge organization, ISSN 0943-7444, Vol. 38, no 6, 503-514 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on strong philosophical traditions, cognitive science results and recent discourses within the discipline of knowledge organization, the authors argue for a perspectivist approach to concepts in information systems. In their approach ontology is dissociated from concept, and instead conceptualization is left up to the epistemic activity of the information system user. A new spatial ontology model is explicated that supports multiple perspective-relative conceptual projections of the same domain. With an example domain and a demo application they provide a preliminary proof of concept of how different perspectives yield alternative classifications, categorizations and hierarchies, all the way to a different ways of narrating the domain. The results suggest the potential of multi-perspective knowledge organization systems that not support search and retrieval of information but even the articulation and conceptual disposition of information.

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Würzburg, Germany: Ergon Verlag , 2011. Vol. 38, no 6, 503-514 p.
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-12187ISI: 000297631100004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-82455204673OAI: diva2:448154
Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2014-12-06Bibliographically approved

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